October 23, 2013

After Them, Parents Ease Up

1 Why First-Borns Are Smarter Than Siblings

First-born children tend to be more successful academically than their younger siblings because their parents were the strictest with their first-borns. It’s been known for years that first-borns have higher IQs, get better grades, and are regarded as more accomplished by their parents than second-borns, who in turn do better than third-borns and so on. And first-borns have complained for generations that their parents were harder on them than the younger kids. But researchers at Duke University and Washington University have crunched data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and report that the key element is regulation: the more rules that are imposed on first-borns and the more tightly they are enforced compared to their siblings, the greater their academic superiority.

More at Today.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Processed Food Can Lower IQ of Kids

Tags: Children's IQ, Childhood Intelligence, Why Kids Get Good Grades, First-Born Children, Oldest Child Syndrome

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Protects Against, Uh, Flu, Too

2 Flu Shot May Lower Heart Attack Risk

Getting a flu shot may lower the risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular events for a year, finds research from the University of Toronto that looked at studies on the heart health of 6,735 men and women with the average age of 67. Half got a flu shot; half got a placebo or standard care. One-third of patients had heart disease while the rest had risk factors including high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Patients who had suffered recent heart attacks and who got flu shots had a 55% lower risk of having another major heart event. “This could be a vaccine against cardiovascular events,” said cardiologist Dr. Jacob Udell. He said it was his hope that the flu vaccine would prevent heart issues for “potentially everyone,” including those who had not had a recent heart event.

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Flu Shot Causes No Harm to Unborn

Tags: Flu Shot, Flu Vaccine, Heart Attack, University of Toronto, Flu Shot and Heart Attack, Dr. Jacob Udell, Cardiac Event

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